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Monday, May 9, 2011

Arts in the School Night

I have only been at Rossview Elementary a short while, and am thoroughly enjoying making art with the students. We recently had a great "Arts in the school night" to celebrate Youth Art Month. The entire school works together to make art about different cultures around the world. Each grade level divides into continents and studies the art and culture of the people from that place. All of the teachers did an amazing job displaying student art work! 

Students made Aboriginal Dot Paintings of a Kangaroo.
They also created x-ray fish and learned that the native aboriginal people believe that by showing the insides of an animal you are showing the animals true feelings.
 Aboriginal Dot Paintings

Europe & Antarctica
Students painted whales and made torn paper penguins and also drew penguins for their Antarctica display. We also created "Rose windows" and they made several creative projects in their classrooms for different areas in Europe.

Students made Japanese Fish Kites and Chinese Moon Lanterns. We also learned some origami and students wrote Haiku poems in their classrooms.

Students in third grade studied the life and culture of Africa. In art class we looked at Kente and story cloths and masks. In the students classes they made drums, masks, and dolls. Students did a great job o their projects!

South America
Students made Molas, Bird masks, and sun amulets (sometimes called a "God's Eye").
Fourth grade teachers made a jungle in the hallway and students created 3 dimensional sculptures for a project about Rainforest animals.

North America
Fifth Graders studied the art of Georgia O'Keeffee and Pop Art from Andy Warhol.
In their classrooms students made brochures to tour America and made state flags.
They had some great interpretations for these artists!

I have about 30 great Art Club students who made paper mache hot air balloons and painted them in themes of from different countries from around the world. They have been working on artist trading cards too, which I will have to do a follow up on...

Artist Trading Card Bulletin Board
Artist Trading Card (Close-up)